500 Global · Program Associate, Korea

Our Mission

We uplift people and economies around the world through entrepreneurship.

Who We Are

500 Global is a venture capital firm that invests early in founders building fast-growing technology companies. We focus on markets where technology, innovation, and capital can unlock long-term value and drive economic growth. We work closely with key stakeholders and advise governments and corporations on how best to support entrepreneurial ecosystems so startups can thrive.

500 Global has backed over 6,000 founders representing more than 2,500 companies operating in 77 countries. Our portfolio includes 41 companies valued at over $1 billion and 125 companies valued at over $100 million. Our 140+ plus team members are located in more than 15 countries and bring experience as entrepreneurs, investors, and operators from some of the world’s leading technology companies.

What We Need

We are looking for an amazing Program Associate to join our Korea team, for a period of 6 months. You will report to the Senior Regional Program Manager.

Who you are

You share our passion for uplifting people and economies around the world through entrepreneurship. You understand a founder’s journey and thrive in entrepreneurial, creative, fast-paced environments. You bring with you superb organizational and project management skills, keen attention to details, and a strong ability to navigate and build relationships.

What You Will Do

This role will be key to the various programs and events ran in both Seoul and Daejeon. You will be responsible for supporting the team in ensuring the successful execution of all the activities run, creating a positive experience for all participants.

Responsibilities can range from program coordination to logistical support, and community engagement activities. You will be responsible for performing administrative duties, support with virtual events and remote management. You will be expected to be available at all program stages and virtual/physical event times scheduled for the duration of the program, including weekends, if any. You will be interacting with founders, mentors, and other program stakeholders on a daily basis. Experience with program management, as well as familiarity with the early stage venture-backed ecosystem across South Korea, is preferred.

Key Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Participate in weekly syncs with the Korea team
  • Conduct outreach and help to recruit startups for the programs
  • Answer applicants’ questions in English and Korean, and questions that require local knowledge
  • Coordinate and manage Office Hours between the mentors and the founders/startups
  • Plan and execute virtual social events for the batch
  • Coordinate and oversee daily remote management for virtual programs
  • Source and coordinate local industry speakers and investors to guest speak virtually for the accelerator, per the Program Manager’s request
  • Send weekly batch emails (updates; housekeeping; next week’s events; new mentors; various deadlines, etc.)
  • Update internal documents and tools for regular reporting and visibility
  • Assist in prep for Demo Days, working with the startups, partners and vendors as needed
  • Assist in delivery of the Demo Days, ensuring everything and everyone are managed accordingly
  • Support the Senior Program Manager and Korea team in all aspects of the program


Must haves

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • A working knowledge of spoken and written Korean
  • Be one of the most organized people you know
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Experience in multitasking
  • Capability to learn & adapt quickly
  • Self-starter & prioritize to get tasks done efficiently
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment under pressure
  • Passionate about startups
  • Must be able to communicate and work with a team across several time zones
  • Work authorization in Daejeon or Seoul, South Korea

Nice to have

  • Experience working internationally
  • Familiarity with cross cultural business
  • Experience coordinating large-scale events
  • Experience within the startup ecosystem
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